Saudi woman, 18, barricades self in Thai hotel to avoid being sent home

by Reuters
Monday, 7 January 2019 04:52 GMT

BANGKOK, Jan 7 (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Saudi woman who says she is fleeing family abuse barricaded herself inside her transit hotel room at Bangkok airport to avoid being sent home by Thai authorities, a rights group said on Monday.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was scheduled to be sent on a Kuwait Airways flight to Kuwait City, where her family is, on Monday morning.

"She has barricaded herself in the room & says she will not leave" until she is allowed to meet the U.N. refugee agency and claim asylum, Human Rights Watch's deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said on Twitter.

Qunun was refused entry on Saturday by Thai immigration officials. Thai authorities deny acting at the request of the Saudi government and say she did not have the correct documents for a visa on arrival. (Editing by Paul Tait)

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